Volume 1, Issue 1 Fall 2016 News from the Education Department Message from the Chair “To everything (turn, turn, turn)There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven” Pete Seeger Undoubtedly, I am dating myself to resurrect a Pete Seeger song converted into a #1 single by the Byrds … Continue reading
Here is some excellent news for a Thursday afternoon: Congratulations to Dr. Anderson and the entire SciGirls team!
A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project in which St. Kate’s Dr. Siri Anderson serves as a Co-Principal Investigator just received another honor! This award comes on the heels of a Regional Emmy awarded to TPT for the documentary SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs produced as part of the NSF-funded project.
The $1.5 million project, SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Practices in Career and Technical Education Pathways for High School Girls, led by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), won a Facilitator’s Choice Award this year for its video at an NSF Showcase event.
Check out the showcase video here!
Congratulations to Antonio Kuklok ’16, recipient of the Sister Ann Harvey Action Research Award! His research paper focused on the impacts family dynamics and family resources have on student achievement and self-advocacy. Check out his work here:
The Sister Ann Harvey Award was created to honor the work of Sister Ann Harvey, CSJ by recognizing educators and education students who engage in outstanding action research projects.
Sister Ann Harvey came to St. Catherine in 1926 and was a professor of education at St. Catherine’s. She received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Columbia University. In 1955, Sister Ann traveled to Italy to study the Montessori method with Dr. Maria Montessori and her expertise in the area of early childhood education was widely known and respected. Sister Ann also worked closely with the Minnesota Department of Education to help the State develop criteria for early childhood licensure.
Sister Ann died in 1980 but her ideals of loving care for children and excellence in teaching remain the ideals of the St. Catherine University Education Department, our early childhood center and our Montessori teacher preparation program.
One important attribute of the successful teacher: She is constantly identifying ways that education in her classroom could be improved. Sometimes this involves small tweaks — a new seating arrangement, an encouraging call home, an after school invitation for a help session — other times there are larger tweaks — new curriculum resources, redesigning unit plans, writing a grant to get additional support, reaching out to parents and community members to get involved.
But where does a teacher take her ideas for a major tweak? For instance: A software that could instantly translate communications into the home languages of her families… An app that could help her track both positive and negative information about student learning outcomes… A curriculum (that doesn’t exist yet) that would tie music to computational thinking to broaden the base of her students ready to go on and participate in or challenge today’s digital realities…
Don’t tweak out! The place to go with those ideas, your solutions to everyday educational problems, is a startup weekend for education. In this environment, great ideas are supported and developed into prototypes or functioning solutions in 54 hours!
You might think of this as a barn-raising weekend for educational improvement.
The 2017 Twin Cities Start Up Weekend for Education is being hosted by St.Kate’s–which means at least half of the participant and leadership seats will be held for women. Join us!
Sign Up with EventBrite or check out the website: TCSWEDU2017.
Let’s Play Ball!
Newly accepted students in any of the graduate programs offered by St. Kate’s Education Department (Technology Integration, STEM, and Curriculum and Instruction) will receive $1000 in scholarship dollars toward their summer tuition. This includes both Certificate and Master of Arts in Education programs!
Catch this opportunity while it’s hot!
Please share this great summer opportunity!
Online courses available this summer include:
- Technology Integration Fundamentals
- Best Practices in 1:1
- Becoming Scholars
- Formative and Standards Based Assessments
- Citizen Science
- Hands on STEM:Maker Spaces for K-8 Settings
- Ethics in the Information Age
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